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Salinas is the agricultural and governmental center for Monterey County. Salinas in Spanish is plural for Salt marsh, and was named in 1872 for the salt marshes and lagoons that existed near what is now the Salinas river. Salinas hosts two major events during the year in July its the California Rodeo and in September its the Salinas Air Show. Salinas is the largest city in Monterey County with lots of shopping malls including the Salinas Auto Mall. Take a MTYcounty virtual tour of the place where John Steinbeck lived, went to school and is buried.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big sky vistas and green fields in Salinas

The Steinbeck National Museum

Northridge Shopping mall in south Main street.